Visit of Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert, President of the German Parliament (Bundestag) in New Zealand
The President of the German Bundestag, Prof. Dr Norbert Lammert, visited New Zealand in October 2016 as a Guest of the New Zealand Parliament. Norbert Lammert has been the President of the German Bundestag since 2013. He is a long-standing and well-regarded German politician.Germany and New Zealand are strengthening their diplomatic and economic ties.
Professor Lammert’s visit included a function in Wellington to celebrate the German Day of Unity. The next day, business leaders, including Bianca Mueller from LawDownUnder, were invited to a lunch with Norbert Lammert and his delegation in the residence of the German ambassador in Wellington.
Dr. Lammert’s visit to New Zealand continues a recent series of high level visits between New Zealand and Germany. The German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited New Zealand in 2014 and Prime Minister John Key led a New Zealand delegation to Germany in 2015. In return, members of the German Bundestag visited New Zealand in April this year. At the end of 2014, Chancellor Angela Merkel also visited New Zealand on her way to the G20 discussions in Brisbane.
On 22 October 2013, the Members of the Bundestag re-elected Dr. Lammert to the top parliamentary post.
In terms of protocol, he ranks second only to the President of the Federal Republic. As President of the Bundestag he ensures that Parliament’s rules are upheld (similar to the speaker of the house in NZ) and represents Parliament in the public sphere.
He served as the 12th President of the Bundestag from 2005 to 2017. Wolfgang Schäuble is his successor.